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De Bijenkorf: the future is green

The concrete sustainability objectives of De Bijenkorf are now as follows:

• In 2025, the Bijenkorf will reduce its CO2 emissions by 29.4%

• In 2030, the Bijenkorf will reduce its CO2 emissions by 50.4%

• In 2021, the Bijenkorf will stop selling cosmetics containing plastic glitter

• By 2025, 100% of the Bijenkorf’s range will consist of more sustainable brands

De Bijenkorf wants to be greener: these objectives are translated into the Sustainability Mission: The future is green.

With this mission, De Bijenkorf makes a promise to do everything possible for positive change. With the ambition to make not only the own organization, but the entire chain more sustainable. With impactful adjustments in all facets of the operation, De Bijenkorf wants to make a difference in the lives of customers, partners and its own employees. De Bijenkorf’s sustainability ambitions are divided into four pillars.

Act responsibly

De Bijenkorf is committed to science-based goals (SBTi) to reduce CO2 emissions in accordance with the 1.5 ° C Paris Agreement. De Bijenkorf has had a priority for years to reduce its CO2 emissions, viz. by 29.4% in 2025 and by 50.4% in 2030. With these objectives, de Bijenkorf recently joined the Science Based Targets initiative, an initiative aimed at enabling international companies to make a scientifically substantiated contribution to CO2 emissions. reduction.

The reduction of CO2 emissions is achieved in various ways. For example, (unsold) garments are recycled as much as possible, 100% of the electricity from wind and solar energy comes from Dutch, Belgian and North Sea wind, 17,000 m2 of solar panels on the distribution center and the shops in Eindhoven and Amsterdam, and is disposable plastic. replaced by a sustainable variant. In 2025, 100% LED lighting will be used, of which 40% has currently been realized.

Justin Pariag, Sustainable Business Manager: “The approval of our Science Based Targets is a milestone in our sustainability journey. It is a clear and clear signal that we proactively take our responsibility and want to play an active role in tackling climate change through better choices in products, packaging, logistics and the layout of the stores.

We are extremely proud of this step towards a greener future, but realize that there is still a long way to go

More sustainable choices

De Bijenkorf wants to encourage both customers and suppliers to make more sustainable choices. By 2025, 100% of the range will consist of more sustainable brands. Responsible production and sustainable materials are the most important criteria. De Bijenkorf currently offers 5,497 articles from more sustainable brands such as Levi’s, Ganni, Alchemist and Selected. De Bijenkorf also sees the reduction of packaging materials as a major priority. Investments were recently made in new packing machines that transport as little air as possible. As of January 1, 2021, cosmetic products containing plastic glitter will no longer be sold. With this, De Bijenkorf wants to create more awareness among customers, suppliers and fellow retailers.

Contributing to society

This year De Bijenkorf wants to give back to society through 1,500 hours of voluntary work. This year the focus is mainly on lonely elderly people, children from disadvantaged neighborhoods and status holders. With 1,593 hours worked, this goal was achieved and a number of volunteer days are still being organized. Moreover, De Bijenkorf believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. Various internal and external sounding board sessions have been organized in recent months. With the output of this, work is currently being done on a definitive policy in the field of inclusion and diversity. A collaboration with the Dress for Succes foundation is on the agenda for the coming holidays.

Rescue the bee

The objective of the fourth sustainability pillar is to remove the bee from the list of endangered species by 2025. In close collaboration with The Pollinators foundation, the Bijenkorf has been undertaking various initiatives for years to create new habitats for the bee and to stimulate awareness. For example, beehives and hotels were placed on the roofs of various Bijenkorf stores and free flower seeds were distributed around National Sowing Day.

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